On Wednesday July 28th, 2021, the Green Party of Connecticut held their biannual Nomination Meeting. In the zoom meeting, candidates were nominated to run for office in the November 2021 municipal elections. 

The following candidates were endorsed to run on the Green line in their towns:

  • Patricia Kane
  • Justin Paglino
  • Cora Santaguida
  • Leif Smith

Their platforms

Patricia Kane at campaign launch last week.

Retired attorney Patricia Kane is petitioning to run for a seat on the New Haven Board of Alders. She will be representing the Fair Haven neighborhood. Kane will be the first Green Party candidate for alder in New Haven since 2009. The last Green Party candidate elected was Allan Brison of Ward 10 in 2007. After all five attendees in the zoom meeting voted for Kane, she said ““This is the beginning of building back in our area”. One of this year’s biggest concerns is the potential expansion of the New Haven airport. The proposed project may be an issue for neighbouring communities. Concerns about the impact of the expansion include increased air and noise pollution.

Read Kane’s testimony on ranked choice voting: TESTIMONY OF PATRICIA KANE

Justin Pagliano on NEWS8

Former research physician Justin Paglino is petitioning to run as Green Party candidate for Board of Selectmen in Guilford. Paglino was also the candidate for US Congress in 2020. He ran on a platform promoting Medicare for all and ranked choice voting. He also strongly promotes a peace-seeking foreign policy and transitioning to clean energy.

Cora Santaguida

Cora Santaguida, a 2018 state senate candidate for district 27, already has ballot access for the position of Constable in Stamford. She is running on a ‘no evection’ platform. Santaguida is inspired by Cheri Honkala, a Green party member, anti-poverty and human rights advocate who has had her own experiences with homelessness. 

Leif Smith

Leif Smith is a self-employed carpenter, theatre designer, and musician who has served as Constable in Redding since 2007 and is seeking re-election this 2021. He is also a Justice of the Peace.

All four candidates were endorsed by consensus to run on the Green ballot line in the November 2nd, 2021, municipal elections.

The August 25th State Central Committee will also be noticed as a Nominating Meeting, and the Windham, Shoreline, and New London Green Party chapters also plan to hold meetings to endorse candidates in their respective municipalities. The deadline for minor parties to submit their nominees is September 1st.

The Green Party’s platform is composed of 32 main points which can be found here.

To learn more about the Green party of Connecticut: 


National Green Party page

Hailey Roop

Hailey is an undergraduate student at McGill University studying Economics and Environment. She is interested in addressing environmental and social issues through community engagement efforts. In her free time, she likes to explore the city of Montreal on foot or by bike!

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